Coast Guard Auxiliary invites public to help celebrate 75th anniversary in Astoria, Oregon

Coast Guard Auxiliary invites public to help celebrate 75th anniversary in Astoria, Oregon
ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard Auxiliary invites the public to help celebrate the organization’s 75th anniversary in an event at the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, Oregon, on Monday, June 23rd, at 10:00 a.m. Come meet the men and women who volunteer their time with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Flotillas 62 and 64 will have visual displays and members on hand to talk about their organization...

Reservist returns from extended tour of duty for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response

Reservist returns from extended tour of duty for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class William Benson NEW ORLEANS – A Des Moines, Iowa, native and Coast Guard Reservist assigned to Coast Guard Reporting Unit Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii, returned from an extended tour of duty for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response, May 2, 2014. Cmdr. Scott Saunders was recalled to active duty in July of 2013 and remained on active status 10-months during...

Coast Guard conducts mounted automatic weapons training at Fort Knox

Coast Guard conducts mounted automatic weapons training at Fort Knox
A chill breeze blew through the Kentucky hills as the last rays of sunlight cast their golden rays over the Fort Knox small arms range and faded into darkness. The landscape stood silent other than the occasional coyote sniffing through the underbrush or the hoot of an owl on a far away ridge. Coast Guardsmen stationed at various units within the Coast Guard 9th District, headquartered in Cleveland,...

From the Bridge Wing 10-5-2013

From the Bridge Wing 10-5-2013
This Day in Coast Guard History: 1938 – The newly established “Coast Guard Reserve” (what would become the Coast Guard Auxiliary) enrolled its first members. 1943 – Patrol Squadron 6 (VP-6 CG) was officially established.  This was an all Coast Guard unit.  Its home base was at Narsarssuak, Greenland, code name Bluie West-One.  It had nine PBY-5As assigned.  CDR Donald...

Pennsylvania-native Coast Guardsman retires after 26 years military service in Navy, Coast Guard

Pennsylvania-native Coast Guardsman retires after 26 years military service in Navy, Coast Guard
CLEVELAND — A Pennsylvania native retired Monday at the Willoughby Hills Community Center in Willoughby Hills, Ohio, after serving a combined 26 years in the Navy and Coast Guard. Chief Petty Officer Michael S. Dugas, originally from Slovan, Pa., served his last tour of duty as the operations unit supervisor at the Coast Guard 9th District Command Center in Cleveland. Rear Adm. Michael Parks, former...

San Pedro-based Port Security Unit 311 returns from 9-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

San Pedro-based Port Security Unit 311 returns from 9-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
SAN PEDRO, Calif. – The San Pedro, Calif., based Coast Guard Port Security Unit (PSU) 311 returned home Aug. 15, from a nine-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. During the deployment, PSU 311 successfully maintained a continuous maritime anti-terrorism/force protection presence in the Naval Defensive Sea Area of Guantanamo...

Be the Match: Coast Guardsman gives stranger second chance at life

Be the Match: Coast Guardsman gives stranger second chance at life
NEW YORK, N.Y. – How do you thank somebody who saved your life? After losing his grandfather to cancer in 2001, Brooklyn, N.Y., native Michael Franco, looked for a greater way in which he could help others. Already a contributor to the annual blood drives at the police academy, Franco learned of becoming a bone marrow donor. This relatively effortless decision would lead Franco to save a woman’s...

Go Coast Guard Reserve Day at MSU Portland

Go Coast Guard Reserve Day at MSU Portland
Story by Petty Officer Jordan H. Akiyama. Photos & video by Petty Officer George L. Degener One by one, they trickled in like the rain outside the stone building at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland, Ore. Every face that entered the room bore the look of nervousness as they quietly took their seats. Until this point, the only thing most of them knew about the Coast Guard was what they...

Summerstock: A plan of action to patrol the Great Lakes

Summerstock: A plan of action to patrol the Great Lakes
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read On Aug. 18, 2012 a rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Sackets Harbor, N.Y., rescued two men from a boat that was taking on water in Lake Ontario. All across the nation, Coast Guard rescue crews engage in similar responses every day, but what made this rescue unique was the crew aboard the rescue boat. Two members of this rescue crew were Coast Guard reservists...